Government announces support for cyber security companies to protect UK and allies

International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox has officially launched the Conservative Government’s all-new Cyber Security Export Strategy designed to promote the UK’s world-leading expertise and strengthen defence capabilities in the UK and allied countries. With recent cyber attacks threatening NATO countries as well as large global and UK organisations, the Government is urging businesses from both the UK and allied countries to ensure that they have the best security possible in place.

Fox said the strategy will help the UK’s 800 cyber security companies to win contracts that provide security for high-profile international buyers and protect networks across the world.

UK cyber exports overall totalled £1.5 billion in 2016, while global demand for software products to protect digital systems from vulnerabilities continues to grow, with total spend expected to exceed £759 billion by 2021.

The new Cyber Security Export Strategy supports the ongoing work of the Government’s 2016 National Cyber Security Strategy. The latter provided £1.9 billion of transformational investment in cyber security, which is being used alongside more conventional land, maritime and air capabilities to meet today’s threats head-on.

Dr Liam Fox

Dr Liam Fox

Fox stated: “Recent events show that the UK faces a diverse range of threats from hostile state actors. In an increasingly digital world, it’s absolutely vital that we improve our cyber capabilities as they are crucial for national security and prosperity. The Cyber Security Export Strategy will support UK companies to export our world-leading cyber security expertise. This will help strengthen our capabilities and, by extension, protect our country and our allies from those who wish us harm.”

The Cyber Security Export Strategy has been developed alongside industry and comes with robust export control regimes which will safeguard Human Rights.

Support from ADS

The launch is backed by ADS, the UK Trade Association dedicated to the interests of the security, defence and aerospace sectors. The ADS feels that the Cyber Security Export Strategy is an important step forward in helping the UK’s world-leading cyber security companies reach new markets and continue to grow.

Paul Everitt: CEO at ADS

Paul Everitt: CEO at ADS

ADS CEO Paul Everitt observed: “Public and private organisations in the UK and around the world are facing rapidly evolving cyber security threats. Here in the UK, we have a diverse range of companies able to provide world-leading expertise and innovation to combat these threats. The UK’s cyber security exports are already worth £1.5 billion per annum and we expect this area of activity to continue offering the strongest export growth in the security sector in the years ahead.”

Everitt concluded: “The Cyber Security Export Strategy can help the sector continue to grow, make a greater contribution to national prosperity and protect the UK and our allies from threats posed in cyber space.”

The Cyber Security Export Strategy follows on from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s investment in two world-class cyber innovation centres in Cheltenham and London. The partnership between Government and tech-focused start-ups will develop world-leading technologies to protect the UK and organisations overseas from cyber attacks.

Three commitments from the Department for International Trade

The Cyber Security Export Strategy sets out three commitments from the Department for International Trade (DIT) to UK cyber companies:

*Pursue: In priority markets, the DIT will act as a trusted advisor to support UK companies bidding for major opportunities, primarily selling to overseas Governments and Critical National Infrastructure providers

*Enable: The DIT will curate bespoke offers for the top buyers in these sectors worldwide, running trade missions and pitching UK companies to address identified capability gaps

*Respond: In order to showcase the best of UK cyber security, updated branding and marketing will be developed and deployed around the globe alongside new cyber security content on great.gov.uk

To access the full Cyber Security Export Strategy visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/cyber-security-export-strategy

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015.

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